In­sur­ance for mi­grant work­ers

The Myanmar Times - - News - ZAW ZAW HTWE za­wza­whtwe@mm­times.com

THE state-owned Myanma In­sur­ance Com­pany in co­op­er­a­tion with the Myan­mar Overseas Em­ploy­ment Agen­cies Fed­er­a­tion launched a life in­sur­ance pro­gramme for Myan­mar mi­grant work­ers in Thai­land on Wed­nes­day.

Buying the in­sur­ance be­fore go­ing to work in Thai­land, the Myan­mar work­ers would get bet­ter com­pen­sa­tion for work­place in­jury of any kind, U Pe­ter Nyunt Maung, chair of the fed­er­a­tion, told re­porters Wed­nes­day in Yan­gon.

“Work­ers who suf­fered ac­ci­dents on the way to Thai­land didn’t use to be com­pen­sated since they hadn’t bought any in­sur­ance,” he said.

Un­der the agree­ment be­tween the two or­gan­i­sa­tions, two cov­er­age pack­ages – life in­sur­ance and per­sonal ac­ci­dent in­sur­ance – are avail­able to work­ers for Kyat 30,000 (US$22) an­nu­ally, U Pe­ter Nyunt Maung said.

Ac­cord­ing to the scheme, work­ers who die in a work­place ac­ci­dent – ex­cept com­mit­ting suicide – will be com­pen­sated with up to K5 mil­lion.

In­jured work­ers will be com­pen­sated un­der K5 mil­lion, de­pend­ing on the sever­ity of the in­jury.

Vic­tims of a bus col­li­sion in Thai­land ear­lier in the year, that killed or in­jured mi­grant work­ers, did not re­ceive enough com­pen­sa­tion be­cause they had no in­sur­ance. The ac­ci­dent made the fed­er­a­tion de­cide to start the in­sur­ance pro­gramme when send­ing work­ers abroad.

“The in­sur­ance pro­gramme is for work­ers to cover of their loss if they have ac­ci­dents,” U Pe­ter Nyunt Maung said.

A past life in­sur­ance pro­gramme for work­ers un­der the agree­ment be­tween the two coun­tries was sus­pended af­ter some mi­grant rights group in the king­dom sued Myan­mar’s gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials for sell­ing tele­phone SIM cards with life in­sur­ance pack­ages of Thai­land.

Since then, there has been no in­sur­ance scheme for work­ers sent to the neigh­bor­ing coun­try.

Cur­rently, Myan­mar sends work­ers to eight for­eign coun­tries, ac­cord­ing to the Min­istry of Labour, Im­mi­graiton and Pop­u­la­tion. About 15,000 mi­grants leave the coun­try monthly to work abroad for lack of job op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Photo: Zaw Zaw Htwe

An ex­ec­u­tive of the Myan­mar Overseas Em­ploy­ment Agen­cies Fed­er­a­tion announces the new in­sur­ance plans for mi­grant work­ers in Thai­land.

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